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The Surface DVD Review

4 September 2015 7:44 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Surface entertainment one Director: Gil Cates, Jr. Writer: Jeff Gendelman Cast: Sean Astin, Mimi Rogers, Chris Mulkey Running time: 86min, Not Rated (language) Special Features: Trailer; Inland Seas – Understanding and Protecting the Waters of the Great Lakes (Documentary 42min); Composer’s Session Featurette (10min); “Anytime You Like” Music Video by Familiar Looking Strangers; Deleted Scenes (x3-90 seconds); Photo Gallery; Mental Health Resource Information; Audio Commentary with Director Gil Cates Jr., Writer Jeff Gendelman, Actors Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey Mitch (Sean Astin) is packing up a boat to take out on Lake Michigan. He comes upon some plane wreckage and finds a lone survior Kelly (Chris Mulkey). The  [ Read More ]

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Watch: Sean Astin Finds a Shocking Surprise in Exclusive 'The Surface' Clip

26 August 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Don't Trust 'The Boy' in This Threatening Exclusive Clip Sean Astin stumbles upon the wreckage of a plane and makes a shocking discovering in an exclusive clip from Gil Cates Jr.'s drama thriller "The Surface."  The official snyopsis reads: "When a plane crashes in the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan, the pilot is pulled from the wreckage by Mitch who has been stranded on his boat. Immediately suspicious of each other, these two strangers must overcome their differences to find a way back to shore. Together, they must fight against the harsh elements if they have any hope of making it back alive." The film, also starring Mimi Rogers and Chris Mulkey, opens on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on September 1. Watch the clip above. Read More: Watch: Director Bill Pohlad Discovers the Storytelling Behind 'Love & Mercy' in Exclusive Clip »

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Film Review: ‘The Surface’

1 June 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Surface” boasts a thriller premise, albeit one that leads not to a suspense narrative, but rather to a spottily involving two-hander that’s borderline stagy despite being set in the middle of Lake Michigan. Opened on a dozen Midwestern screens May 15, this well-intentioned but unmemorable drama from helmer Gil Cates Jr. and producer/scenarist Jeff Gendelman is more likely to make modest inroads as a smallscreen item.

Mitch (Sean Astin) is an average Joe living in Milwaukee, though we quickly sense he’s dragging around above-average degrees of depression and loneliness. After visiting his senile mother in a nursing home, he drives the less-than-spruce family speedboat to the dock for a Lake Michigan outing on this hot summer’s day. His intent is not recreational, however. Just as he appears to be commencing a suicide plan, he’s interrupted by the vessel’s plowing into some aquatic debris. There »

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